Open memo to J.J. Abrams -- Star Trek

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  1. Midnight Marauder
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    TO: J.J. Abrams
    FROM: Me
    STARDATE: 2009.1119
    SUBJECT: Star Trek

    Okay, I got the DVD and watched it and all of the special features. Being a life long ST fan, I had to at least see for myself what you have done.

    I skipped this movie at the theater, because from what I saw as a long time editor of the Star Trek Wiki I didn't think I would like it. I objected to your destroying of the canon, and really felt the time travel plot device and the "Evil Renegade Romulan" have been way overused in Star Trek.

    Everything Star Trek before your movie is still canon, but now canon of an alternate timeline. I get that, actually got it a year before the movie came out. Accepting it was the problem.

    But after watching your movie, only one thought came to mind: Gene Roddenberry somewhere was smiling. Gene, wherever he is, approves. I really believe that. And I hope that to you, it's the best complement I could pay.

    Because Gene was all about solving problems, and your problem was twofold -- the massive existing canon made telling new stories nearly impossible especially if you're going to use the original crew, and there's no getting around the fact that pretty much everything has been covered already, either in the original work or the many spin-offs and movies which came after. The Star Trek Universe was stale.

    Now it's a whole new palate, a whole new canvas for yourself or perhaps future Trek film makers to paint on, making the entire thing all new again.

    My hat is off to you and all who worked on this film. Nice job. You've won a convert and a fan.

    Carry on. Warp Speed.
     
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    Shit.....I'm gonna have to see it now, huh?
     
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    I recommend it.
     
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    It was a good movie but it destroyed Trek as it was.

    Kirk went from a confident able commander to an angry badboy.

    Gene wouldn't have liked it, they solved things with force.
     
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    I think the main reason that Gene wouldn't like is what Xeno basically said. They used action and force to compel viewers instead of a message behind the story.
     
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    Does Kirk at least score the green chick?
     
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    That movie made my 13 yo (at the time) daughter into a Star Trek Fan. She was never a fan of Star Trek or such, , but wanted to see the movie because we love J.J. Abrams (because of LOST) and she likes the guy who played Spock because he's on Heroes.

    Now she wants the movie for Christmas. I enjoyed it too. Good to have some movies we both like in her teen years too! :D
     
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    Gets caught in the act.

    There are some good points, Bones is well cast and has some fun scenes with kirk, Kirk meeting the original Spock and finding out that his father in the original timeline saw him become Capatin and was proud of him, a very funny Scotty and a midget (you just have to see it).

    Bad points is its Kirk & spock 90210.
     
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    The first 12 minutes rocked...the rest was hum-drum.

    Good problem solving plot device...but it weren't Star Trek.

    C+...I'm hoping the next one is better.
     

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